Happy Monday AYM Family!
We had an INCREDIBLE service last night! We started off my playing a game called “Mumble Mumble” to help everyone get to know each other better. Students walked around the room saying “mumble, mumble, mumble, mumble” until they heard a number called out. Once a number was called, students had to get in a group with that amount of students and say their name, school, and answer whatever the “get to know you question” was for that round. This was entertaining to watch:)
We had a powerful time of worship. It is always such a blessing to see students open up, raise their hands in worship, and experience the presence of God together.
The message was, “IT’S YOUR TIME!”
Have you ever had a longing or stirring in your heart to go for your dreams, but wondered if the timing was right? Have you ever wondered if the time would ever come for you to be somebody in this world? IT’S YOUR TIME to be somebody. IT’S YOUR TIME to be the you that you were created and destined to be!
Last night, we looked at a group of young guys whose time had come. The thing is, these guys had already fallen short in a pretty major way, but once they got a hold of the power and presence of God, their lives were never the same. They radically transformed the world around them.
We looked at three different things that IT’S YOUR TIME to do:
1. IT’S YOUR TIME… TO LEAVE THE PAST IN THE PAST
Matthew 26:31-35NIV says,
Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me,for it is written:
“‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”
34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”
35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.
The disciples, and especially Peter, declared they would never leave Jesus. Just a few verses later in Matthew 26, Jesus warns some of the disciples to pray so they will not fall into temptation, but they did not take his advice. When Jesus was arrested, the disciples scattered just like Jesus said they would. Their world had been rocked. They didn’t expect things to play out like this!
Unfortunately, things got worse for Peter. Matthew 26:69-75 says,
Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.
70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.
71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”
73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”
74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”
Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Luke 22:61 adds a detail to the situation and says that Jesus turned and looked straight at Peter. Imagine what Peter must have felt. He had just adamantly denied even knowing Jesus and then Jesus turned and looks at him. Imagine the shame and regret that Peter must have felt! I’m sure he wondered things like: What will happen to me now? Will I ever amount to anything? Will I ever be somebody in this world?
John 21:15-17 shows us how Jesus responded to Peter when he was sitting with the disciples after he was resurrected:
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
When Jesus said, “Feed my sheep”, he’s telling Peter to go make disciples and change lives. This was what Peter was called to do from the very beginning! Peter’s purpose never changed and neither has yours. You will fall short and make mistakes. The key for anyone trying to recover from a mistake and shame is to leave the past in the past, and to fill up on the power and presence of God as you prepare to take your place in God’s plan for your life.
2. IT’S YOUR TIME… TO FILL UP
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
When you are waiting for your time to come, seek God. As we wait on God and seek him, his power and presence is unleashed in our lives. Check out what happened in Acts 2:1-4:
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
The disciples received the gift from God just like Jesus said they would! God is faithful and true to his promises. The disciples filled up. Have you filled up on God’s presence and power?
Peter and the disciples filled up, and now it was time to…
3. IT’S YOUR TIME… TO TAKE YOUR PLACE
As the crowd sees the disciples being filled with the Holy Spirit, some of them accuse the disciples of being drunk. Peter then stands up to address the crowd. Do you remember what happened the last time Peter faced a crowd of people? He adamantly denied even knowing who Jesus was.
Acts 2:36-41 says,
“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
What was the difference in Peter this time around? Peter had filled up on God’s presence and power. The first time around, Peter didn’t pray for himself like Jesus had said. This time, Peter and the disciples obeyed the words of Jesus, and waited for the gift God had promised. Peter had put his past in the past, filled up, and took his place in God’s plan and purpose for his life.
What about you? Are you hanging onto the past and your mistakes, do you need to fill up on the presence of God? Do you need to stand and take your place in God’s plan and purpose for you life?
After the message, students had a couple of minutes to pray while the music played before being asked this question: “Are you ready to take your place?” Twenty-five students came forward to declare they were ready to take their place and be the world-changer they were created to be! We closed out the night by gathering around the students to pray over them that they would know that it was their time to leave their past in the past, fill up on the power and presence of Jesus, and take their place as the unique world-changers they were created and destined to be!
The best part of the night??? One student made the decision to accept Jesus as their Savior!
IT’S YOUR TIME…